National Adaptation Plans (NAP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The project to “Advance the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process for medium-term investment planning in climate sensitive sectors in Bosnia-Herzegovina (B&H)” will support the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to advance the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process and reach goals outlined in the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Green Climate Fund (GCF) resources will be used to enable the government to integrate climate change-related risks, coping strategies and opportunities into ongoing development planning and budgeting processes.

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) will build on the country’s Climate Change Adaptation and Low Emission Development Strategy of 2013. The strategy is based on four specific outcomes: supporting evidence-based policy development for climate change risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities; creating effective institutional and regulatory frameworks; mainstreaming climate change adaptation approaches into decision making; and effectively assigning resources and reaching implementation goals. The implementation of the strategy has slowed mainly due to lack of knowledge and institutional capacity to undertake adaptation measures.

What we do?

To overcome these challenges, and support reach UNDP’s signature solutions to “strengthen effective, inclusive and accountable governance” and “enhance national prevention and recovery capacities for resilient societies,” the project will advance adaptation planning in B&H with a focus on sectoral approaches, upgrading the knowledge base for adaptation, prioritising adaptation interventions for the medium term, building institutional capacities for integrating climate change adaptation, and demonstrating innovative ways of financing adaptation at sub-national and local government levels. Proposed activities will result in the compilation of a NAP and an implementation strategy focused on scaling-up adaptation in key sectors for the medium-term. Through the project, the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina will also develop municipal-level investment financing instruments with public and private sector engagement, and build national, sub-national and sectoral capacity to integrate and mainstream risk informed planning and budgeting.

The project will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology (MSPCEE) and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations (MoFTER) as ministries in charge of coordination of climate change adaptation activities throughout the country.

Expected Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Effective national adaptation coordination system established to drive the NAP process

Outcome 2 - Capacity for climate vulnerability assessments, development of socio-economic scenarios strengthened, and adaptation options prioritized for two key sectors

Outcome 3 - Innovative financing strategy for adaptation investments developed and tested in four to five selected municipalities

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Updated existing climate change scenarios for Bosnia and Herzegovina

This report will give an overview of the results of future climate projections for Bosnia and Herzegovina, based on various future scenarios for greenhouse gases concentrations. Future concentration scenarios considered include RCP2.6, RCP4.5, RCP6.0 and RCP8.5 scenarios defined in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Download the Report here  




Start date:


Estimated end date:


Focus Area:

Energy and Environment


Green Climate Fund


Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Physical Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism

Sustainable Development Goals targeted by NAP Project



Project start date:

July 2018

Estimated end date:

June 2021

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Green Climate Fund
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $96,176

    2020 $445,376

    2019 $544,543

    2018 $43,278

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